January 25, 2011 Subject:
Just another sappy old guy
I give it thumbs up. I needed a good happy ending
November 16, 2010 Subject:
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
November 15, 2010 Subject:
Sappy old guys like this I bet
I should know..I'm one.. What's not to love about the little blond in the lead? She was a dish and a half, but you're right, the real story was more than vanilla. I've been on parole and it's NOTHING like this although having a record does make it tough as nails.
It seemed to take forever to get back to the story line once they got out. I kept expecting them to do something extraordinarily stupid like almost everyone does when they're out. The system is designed to trap people for life with few chances of actually remaining free and straight. Well over 80% of people that ever go in go back multiple times because the system assumes you'll never be worth anything more than garbage no matter what once you screw up and sadly little has changed since then and prisons have gotten far worse although they were no picnics back then. Movies make jail look like a gathering of family and friends and happy times.It's none of those at all. Just hate and more hate and violence.
I gave it 3 stars for the dish and that smile and the actual talent there.
January 7, 2010 Subject:
Slice of the Thirties
This reminded me of the trouble my own parents had about the same age in the late 30s when a person could be turned down for a job for any reason whatsoever. At one point my father almost gave up on the idea of marrying my mother, he was so discouraged. If she married him she would lose her teaching job and if he were unemployed they would both be in a desperate situation, along with any children the iffy birth control of the era didn't prevent. It was a lot more grim than this movie depicts but then who in the 30s wanted to see something THAT gruesome? It was hard enough for me to watch, being long term unemployed. But they did make a cute couple.
April 15, 2007 Subject:
Ula Love and the Chinese Swing Orchestra
This movie get's two stars but it really is still worth a watch. Great cameos, interesting snapshots of 30's culture, and a sexy lead actress. It moves slow enough to gentley lull one to sleep in the wee hours of the night (when I usually watch these types of flicks).
THen there is the forced but memorable showing by Ula Love at the Chinese Swing Club. Love was "discovered" by Sid Grauman (Grauman's Chinese Theater) and played many bit parts between 1934-1938. More info on this blonde bombshell: www.ewgrove.com/prhnpic/honors/loveu.htm
March 2, 2007 Subject:
Life After Prison This Isn't
A very light bit of romantic fluff put out by Republic Pictures. This little programmer is not to be taken very seriously. Nowhere in the whole film is a parole officer seen or parole mentioned. Prison looked like a cake-walk in a quick montage. Just enough crime and melodrama thrown in to keep you interested until the final fade-out.
What's to like then? Marian Marsh is beautiful and winsome and totally wholesome throughout. Gordon Oliver as the love interest boy-friend is bland but adequate. (He had a long career behind the camera later on mostly as a producer of films and television series. Go figure.)
Surprises, Margaret DuMont known for her society matron roles with the Marx Brothers, is earthy and funny with an Irish brogue, mind you. Mary Kornman, who played mostly sweet girls in comedies and female leads in westerns shows some acting spunk as Marian Marsh's bitchy, selfish sister in just a few scenes. Milburn Stone in any early role is handsome and understated as a gangster way down in the credits. So good acting is always worth watching. A lot of pros working here. Miles Mander is mis-cast, but that's nothing new. So for buffs, I say enjoy the acting. Everybody else, curio value only. Good print and sound.